Dear Mom and Dad
Floating In The Deep End
The Wrong Side of Night
The Earth Breaks in Colors
The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie
The Blue Hour

THE DISEASE THAT’S NOT PROFITABLE ENOUGH

In 2016, when I moved my support group, Beyond Alzheimer’s, out of one hospital and into another, a doctor at the hospital I was leaving said, “Alzheimer’s is the least profitable area of medicine.” Sadly, I wasn’t shocked by his

WHEN THEY DON’T KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS

A neighbor of mine, who has Alzheimer’s and lives with caregivers, whose family members visit frequently, loves Christmas lights. One strand of lights is left up all year long so she can look out the window and see them, but

THE DARK EDGE OF SUICIDE

Those who knew Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, and those who didn’t, were stunned by the news of his suicide. Nothing in his public persona – the dancer, the entertainer, the man with a wide smile and eyes that shone – gave

HARRY AND MEGHAN, THE DOCUMENTARY I WISH THEY’D MADE

I wasn’t going to write anything about Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, in part because I didn’t want to dredge up my own history of indiscriminately going public with family issues (indiscriminately being the operative word there.) But after seeing

WHEN AMERICA NO LONGER FEELS LIKE HOME

Recently, I stood at my back door as my new neighbor, who has been doing construction on his house for a year, informed me that a property line survey showed that the pathway which has been the access to my

THE DEATH PENALTY, INSANITY, AND THE MIRROR THEY HOLD UP

In 1967, my father, then Governor of California, knelt in prayer with his pastor Reverend Donn Moomaw, asking God for guidance on the death penalty case that was before him. Aaron Mitchell had shot and killed a police officer during

WORDS MATTER

Sunday afternoon I went to sit in my backyard and read, but the words I wanted to read were not the ones that would stick with me. At the house behind me, the young boy, around 12 or 13, had

THE MAN WITH A GUN TO HER HEAD

With the most recent stories about Herschel Walker’s history of paying for an abortion, and his hypocrisy when it comes to his political anti-abortion stance, another part of his past is getting less attention. That would be an incident in

THE OVERLOOKED VICTIMS OF ALZHEIMER’S

With the new Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab from Biogen and Eisai showing promise, Alzheimer’s is currently in the news. I am as hopeful as everyone else that science can find a treatment and possibly a cure for a disease that has

RONALD REAGAN AND IMMIGRATION

A few years after my father died, I moved into a new rental house and my mother wanted to come see it.  I was still fixing it up, and there was a painter there who had been born in Mexico. When